Responsibilities of Surrogate Mother

A surrogate choose surrogacy to give the most incredible gift to another family. Every surrogate’s journey is different from each other and there are many responsibilities of a surrogate mother. Here are some important points, a surrogate keeps in her mind.

Taking Care of Her Health: First and primarily, health is essential for a surrogacy process. A surrogate need to eat healthy and nutritious foods, do exercise, and get plenty of rest throughout the pregnancy. There are many resources dedicated to health and wellness during pregnancy and doctors or surrogacy specialist can also provide with additional information, resources and advice to surrogate. The health of new born baby depends on surrogate’s health.

Keep in Touch with Surrogacy Expert: Surrogacy experts are there to be a resource for information and support. Thus, a surrogate must keep them informed throughout the pregnancy and never hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns

Capturing Every Moments as A Documents: Many intended parents create a baby book to help them tell their child’s story. A surrogate mother is an important part of that story, so she should take plenty of pictures throughout the pregnancy to capture life with family and document the progress. She may also keep a journal, take notes or write a letter to the baby to give the intended parents the option of including the story from your perspective, as well.

Involving with Intended Parents: Intended parents are generally keen and excited to know how a surrogate mother is feeling. They want to receive any and all updates from surrogate about the pregnancy. A surrogate mother should involve them in the pregnancy as much as she is comfortable.

How A Surrogate Can Help Prepare the Baby to Go Home with His or Her Parents?

Some tips to help prepare the baby for the emotional transfer during pregnancy are as follows:

  • Introduce the baby to the intended parents’ voices: Babies’ sense of hearing plays a large role in prenatal bonding, play recordings of the intended parents talking or reading books to the baby so he or she can get used to their voices.
  • Familiarize the baby with the sounds of home: Even before he or she is born, a surrogate need to familiarize baby with home sound or music.She can play songs, artists and genres that the intended parents enjoy so that baby can recognize and be comforted by the music after birth.
  • Afford a transitional element: The baby also begins to recognize surrogate mother’s scent before birth. To make baby comfortable with that scent, even after a transition to his/her new family, surrogate mother can sleep with a blanket or a stuffed toy and send it to the new home with the baby.

A surrogate mother’s final goal is to prepare the baby in favour of his or her intended parents. It is a big task, but above simple performances can make all the difference and help confirm that the surrogacy is a success for everyone involved.

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How to Confirm that You are Pregnant

Your body would explain itself when you are pregnant all you need to do is to pay close attention to few things that are mentioned below as recommended by Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour:

  • Missed Period: One of the first signs of pregnancy is your missed period, which if you experience should directly consult with your doctor. But this could be misleading, because there are many reasons that can lead to a missed period like regular usage of contraceptives, eating disorders, stress and many others. The best thing would be to consult with your doctor.
  • Nausea & Vomiting: An early sign that would explain that you are pregnant is nausea & vomiting. It mainly refers to morning sickness and if you are pregnant the sign would indicate that your hormonal levels are rising and your body is preparing for pregnancy.
  • Sore Breasts and Tingly Nipples: Another sign is that your breasts would feel sore, tender, and you would feel pain when you touch. If you look closer you would find that your breasts are bigger and heavier and the nipples would turn darker.

Pregnant Woman

Frequent Urination: Another sign that would confirm that you are pregnant is if you are experiencing frequent urination. If you keep rushing to the washroom in every 20-30 minutes, you can assume that you are in the stage of being pregnant. It is the hormonal changes that can cause increase in blood flow and water retention thereby making your bladder full and you go for frequent urination.

If you have such indication in your body, Don’t delay to get a proper consultation with expert gynecologist.

What are the things that you should eat in Pregnancy?

It is very important that you should maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy, because this is the time when your body needs additional nutrients. There are few foods that you should eat in pregnancy and these are mentioned below:

  • Go for dairy products because you would need to consume extra protein and calcium that would let you meet the need of the growing fetus
  • You should also take Legumes, which are the best plant-based sources of fiber, protein, iron, folate (B9) and calcium
  • You can also take sweet potatoes that are rich in beta-carotene and can convert Vitamin A in body
  • Salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and it should be taken during pregnancy
  • A large egg contain 77 calories and this is an ultimate healthy food that you should take
  • Broccoli, dark and left green should also be taken during pregnancy.

Suggested by Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour